AAP to probe reports of its members contesting MC polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2015 21:43 IST

Disconcerted by the reports that its members are contesting the civic elections besides helping other candidates in the civic polls, the state disciplinary committee of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will conduct an inquiry into these activities of its members besides taking action against those using the name of AAP in any way.

Dr Daljit Singh, chairman, state disciplinary committee, AAP, said the committee had received several complaints and reports from across the state regarding the misuse of the AAP name in the civic polls. "We are working on all these complaints. These will be duly investigated and the party will take disciplinary action against those found guilty of misusing its name," he said.

He urged people not to support any candidate on the grounds of his being associated with the AAP or merely that he had worked for the AAP. "The credibility of such people cannot be assured just because they had worked for the party," Dr Daljit Singh said.

He said the AAP had around four lakh members across the state and the party did not cross-check the background of any member. "The detailed investigation is done only in case a person submits his application for contesting the election as an official candidate of the party," he said.

Dr Singh said the party high command had already declared that it would not contest the MC elections. "Therefore, we do not want any person to mislead voters by misusing the name of the AAP and thereby hamper the credibility of the party," he said.

AAP asks workers to vote for candidates with clean image

Sangrur: With a view to keeping its vote bank intact, the AAP in Punjab has asked its workers and followers to vote for the candidates of any party with a clean image.

Upbeat with the party's performance in the Delhi assembly polls, senior leaders of the party have allowed its workers to contest the polls independently in some wards where the party has a stronghold.

"We have acceded to the demands of our workers who wanted to contest the polls independently but the senior leaders will not campaign in the wards," said Bhagwant Mann, AAP MP from Sangrur.

"Also, where we don't have our workers as candidates, we have told our voters to vote for the candidates of any political party having a clean image," Mann said.

When asked whether the decision had taken after the Delhi victory, Mann said, "No doubt the party's win has given a boost to our leaders and workers, we respect the decision of our workers who are contesting independently."

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